Over his long UFC career, Jeremy Stephens has tested his skills against some of the elite fighters in the world, including current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway along with former champions Frankie Edgar, Renan Barao and Gilbert Melendez.
This Sunday night at UFC Fight Night 124, Stephens will go up against an up-and-coming prospect in Dooho Choi from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis live on FOX Sports 1.
Back in September, Stephens (26-14) scored a decision victory over Melendez, adding to the 2016 win he holds vs. Barao.
“Choi’s in for a nightmare,” Stephens said. “He doesn’t have the experience I have inside the Octagon. He’s facing a seasoned veteran in myself and that puts my at a whole other level.
“I’m not in this to be famous. I’m here to beat your (expletive), cash checks and go home to my family.”
Choi, 26 years old, suffered his first UFC loss back in 2016 when he went three hard rounds with Cub Swanson. The Korean fighter is now 14-2 overall and 3-1 inside the Octagon.
“I’m expecting a KO this time,” Choi said. “Even though we have similar fighting styles, I’m looking for the knockout.”
Prior to the setback vs. Swanson, Choi knocked out Thiago Tavares, Sam Sicilia and Juan Puig all inside of the first round. His finish of Puig came in just 18 seconds in his Octagon debut back in 2014.
UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier summed up the contest as one that could hold firm over the next several months in terms of being a “Fight of the Year” contender.
“You want to talk about excitement, fights that get you on the edge of your seat,” Cormier said. “These are two dudes who just want to fight.”